Question

Can I claim a charitable donations tax deduction without a donation receipt?

Answer

Yes, you may still qualify for the charitable donations deduction without a donation receipt. However, there are certain specifications around the donation, including cash limits and type of donation.

Rules Around Donation Tax Receipts

If claiming a deduction for a charitable donation without a receipt, you can only include cash donations, not property donations, of less than $250. And, you must provide a bank record or a payroll-deduction record to claim the tax deduction. You need a receipt and other proof for both of these:

charitable donations

  • Cash donations of $250 or more
  • Non-cash donations

The IRS considers each donation separately. It doesn’t matter whether the donation to one organization reaches the $250 limit.

Is There a Tax Donation Form?

Those who have donated non-cash items and items less than $250 may wonder if there is a specific tax donation form to use. The answer is: yes, if their deduction for all noncash gifts is more than $500.

How To Claim a Tax Deduction With Charitable Donations

Individuals, partnerships, and corporations should use Form 8283 to report information about noncash charitable contributions when the amount of their deduction for all noncash item donations is more than $500.

More Help With Form 8283

Need more help filing Form 8283? Whether you make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable tax pros or choose one of our online tax filing products, you can count on H&R Block.

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